Toxic Water

Here I will be researching visual images that capture how humans shape the natural, in terms of water in the fashion industry.

blue-river-in-china

Bo, Qui.  Greenpeace exposition. 2010, Digital Photograph, Greenpeace, http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/news/stories/toxics/2010/textile-pollution-xintang-gurao/

Here is an image from Greenpeace showing a campaigner taking water sample of a blackened river in  Xitang, by a village called Danun in 2009. Greenpeace states in the artificial (Greenpeace, 1) that they found five heavy medals , like mercury, led and copper in 17 out of 21 rivers tested. The rivers and water ways are incredibly polluted and this was statistics eight years ago. I would hate to think what they would be like today.  Coastal Care stated in a post about pollution ( Coastal Care 1),  that everyone working in washing or dying of denim, suffer from reproduction and fertility. the toxins have a huge effect to the human body.

I believe this a powerful image to use in my assessment, because it shows that unnatural colouring of the water. I can take about the distraction of water and the effects of human life also the implications to the environment. You can see the waste lying around the edge of the water. Its disgusting and deserted. I can also talk about the implications the denim industry with the industrial building in the background. I think this a very thought provoking, image.

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Krumlauf, Alissa. Strom water (Fashion meets Storm water), 2012, Canvas Print. http://tdsblog.com/what-a-thirsty-industry-fashion-is7474-2/

This image was created as part of series called “Fashion meets Storm” by a graduate student at Grand Valley State University. I think these series of images would be great evidence to support my statements about toxic waste in water through the fast fashion industry. At first glance this image seams high fashion and editorial. It not until we take a closer look that we see the toxic waste land she is surrounded in. This image convoys the idea of the damaging effects the fashion industry has on our environment, in particular water.

The-rivers-around-Tirupur-are-often-red-or-purple-with-runoff-from-nearby-factories-such-as-those-in-the-Netaji-Apparel-Park-that-are-the-citys-economic-engine.
Rajasekar, Hk. Tirupur. Getty N.d, digital image, Newsweek, by  ADAM MATTHEWS ON 8/13/15 AT 11:25 Am, http://www.newsweek.com/2015/08/21/environmental-crisis-your-closet-362409.html

This image again highlight the unnatural implications of dumping chemical waste into waters and rivers. We are intentionally polluting our own environment that helps give us life. This is a image showing the waste from dying factories. They are distorting water supply and something needs to be done about this. This shows the extreme about of water waste the industry creates making clothing items. This untreated toxic water, them being feed to farmlands creating toxic produce make people sick. The situation is a true disaster.

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WILLIAMS,ROGER & MCLLVRIDE, DAVID. “BLUE RIVER, DOCUMENTY, 2016”. VIMEO, UPLOADED BY BLUE RIVER,FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015 AT 2:00 PM EST.

This documentary will be valid for research as it a film made last year, therefore being up to date with information and visuals that will appear. Its a movie based of the impact of the denim industry on water. It would allow great factual information about this topic I will address in my assignment.

These images are captured from the documentary and highlight waste created and toxins floating in water. It also shows the manipulation people in third world country’s, lower production coast to keep in demand with consumer demand in a western capitalist culture.

For further research I could look into consumer/ capitalist impact image and images of people help resolve this issue.

Works Cited
Coastal Care. “DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND JEANS: CHINA BLIGHTED BY INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION”. Coastal Care, N.d. http://coastalcare.org/2011/02/the-price-of-success-china-blighted-by-industrial-pollution/
Greenpeace. “The Dirty Secret behind Jeans ans Bras”. Greenpeace. 1st December, 2010. http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/news/stories/toxics/2010/textile-pollution-xintang-gurao/
Arnold, Allison. “Grand Valley student focuses on fashion and environment for senior thesis”. The Rapidian, 19 Nov 2012, https://www.therapidian.org/grand-valley-senior-focuses-fashion-and-environment-thesis-project

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